compositions will be typed, double-spaced, with standard margins.
Use French-accented characters;
do not insert the accents by hand. Revisions are clean copies
with original version attached. Grades will be awarded only
after submission of revised version. Grading is based primarily
on accuracy of grammar and vocabulary; content, form, and
originality are secondary considerations.
Proofread your works carefully (2-3 times), checking each
word and sentence for spelling, agreement, gender of nouns,
correctness of verb forms, and proper usage. Try to adapt
grammatical constructions and syntax of model sentences to
your needs. Do not leave anything to chance: look it up
to verify accuracy!
will write a short composition in class on an assigned subject.
Class will meet in the LRC. Dictionaries, textbooks and notes
will not be permitted. In order to prepare, review chapters
1 through 7. You should review the following structures in
the present tense of all the verbs we have learned (regular
–er verbs, small –ir group, reflexive verbs,
and irregular verbs)
the passé composé with avoir
the passé composé with être (Dr-Mrs
Vandertrampp + reflexives)
placement (before vs. after the noun)
with geographical names
personality traits (adjectives); adverbs of frequency
(souvent, toujours…); places on campus/in town (le
gymnase, le bistro…); months, seasons; countries
and states; expressions of past time (le week-end dernier…);
household tasks and leisure activities (jouer à
/ de); “adverbes” p. 149
will have 50 minutes. Organize your time well. As usual, your
writing will be evaluated on organization, style, and content,
but particularly on vocabulary and grammatical structures.
rendre: vendredi 8 octobre
You’ve been asked to write a welcoming letter to the
exchange student from Belgium your family will be hosting
for a month. Her name is Delphine.
Avant d’écrire (before you write). Follow the
steps outlined below, in French. You do not need to type these
steps, but you may want to print the chart and fill it in.
Make a list of the members of your family.
(ex: moi, ma mère, mon père, ma sœur
Write down each person's age and at least two descriptive
(ex: moi: 19, grande, mince; ma sœur Lynn: 21, petite,
List three activities that you and your family (or individual
family members) enjoy and two that you do not like.
(ex: oui--regarder la télé, jouer au foot,
manger de la pizza; non--jouer au tennis, patiner)
Make a list of the rooms in your house or apartment.
(ex: une cuisine, trois chambres, …)
Write four questions that you would like to ask the exchange
(ex: Est-ce que tu habites une maison ou un appartement?
En écrivant. Compose a letter that (1) provides information
about you and your family, (2) tells about your activities,
(3) describes your home, and (4) asks Bénédicte
at least four original questions.
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